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17 July 2011 @ 05:46 pm
Writing Meme - Question 8  
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8 – Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.

I’ve written a few minor ones – it becomes necessary to create ‘evil Immortal of the week’ to be beheaded occasionally.

I suppose I did create one for a Highlander the Raven fic that I might come back to one day. I’ve not really crafted a fully formed OC as yet, but I wouldn’t rule it out ever.

I’ve been afraid that they could be a Mary Sue – I’ve sailed close to writing a few canon-Sues on occasion – which is partly putting me off. I know OC’s can be fantastic – there are a couple of people on my flist who have created OC’s that I now know and love as much as the characters in the fandoms they’ve been written into.

I guess I just have to hope that when I come to write one I can resist the urge to make them too perfect or a version of me and craft a fully rounded, believably flawed character.
The other Weird Al: Highlander - Kronos; end of timeaeron_lanart on July 18th, 2011 10:13 am (UTC)
The OCs of yours that I've had the pleasure of meeting that others may not have done yet are not Mary Sues in my opinion.

K'immie of the week/fic is a type of OC all of its own I think - they have their own stereotypes and it can be quite a gleeful thing to conform to those stereotypes for a k'immie. Of course it's even more fun to break that stereotype while managing to adhere to some of its tropes...
But, I don't want to be a pie,: oohidontlikegravy on July 18th, 2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks hon. I guess I separate fanfic OC's out from original fic, so I don't really think of those as OC's, which is all kinds of dumb now I think about it!! But I am glad they aren't Mary Sues because there are definitely elements of me in them both!

There is something freeing and fun about writing a truly evil, stereotypical k'immie of the week (and that's a new word I've learned today 'k'immie', good to learn new words *g*). I haven't written a decent straight Highlander fic with a fight in it for ages.